The Friends of Madera Canyon got the idea to fix up the house if they could collect enough money and come up with enough volunteers to do the work. They were successful on both issues. They received $45,000 in donations for the renovation project and the work started in February, 1995. The building renovation also included electrical wiring, plumbing and a disposal area. The renovations were completed in the fall of 1995. Patsy Proctor had a dream of adding a deck to the house. She drew up the plans and $15,500 was spent to complete it. The interior furnishings (carpet, furniture, etc. ) were provided as gifts by the Proctors and the Holisters who run the Santa Rita Lodge.
There is a tree that goes through the house. It was inspected during the renovation and since it was found to be healthy, it was allowed to remain. The tree gets its water from the spring. There is a bat house located in the tree. After Mrs. Richardson died and before the renovation started, bats had moved into and occupied the house. A Forest Service employee who was knowledgeable about bats made the bat house and mounted it in the tree in hopes of convincing the bats that it was a much better place to live. The bats agreed and readily moved into their new home.
After the renovation was completed, the Holisters who operated the Santa Rita Lodge, also operated the
The ruins of an old cabin are located a few yards away from the
Additional Material: GVHC Library File 36